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Anaheim 3-8-1 in past 12; St. Louis can tie team record of nine straight wins on home ice

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (17-23-5) at BLUES (29-10-7)



The Game

The St. Louis Blues can tie a team-record nine-game winning streak on home ice when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Enterprise Center on Monday.

The Blues have won eight in a row at home and can tie their record set Jan. 26-Feb. 26, 1991.

St. Louis has won three straight after a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). The Blues are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games and tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most wins on home ice (16).

Colton Parayko will miss his fifth straight game with an upper-body injury, but coach Craig Berube said there's a strong possibility the defenseman returns before the NHL All-Star break.

The Ducks have lost three in a row and are 3-8-1 their past 12 games. Anaheim will play the second of a four-game road trip heading into the break.


Players to watch

Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has 39 points (10 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games against St. Louis, beset among active Anaheim skaters.

Blues forward David Perron has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game goal and point streak.


They said it

"You're not going to win every night, and we know that, any group. The best teams in the League don't win every night, but if you have work ethic, will, structure, every single night, it gives you a chance to win and we didn't have that for 60 minutes last game." -- Ducks defenseman Michael Del Zotto

"They have the puck a lot, probably top five in the League in puck possession. They shoot a lot and they have a lot of o-zone time. Watching film, we've got to make sure we're strong at our blue line and not allowing them in there and forcing them to dump pucks, and then we've got to break it out and get it out of our end." -- Blues coach Craig Berube on the Ducks


Ducks projected lineup

Adam Henrique -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Daniel Sprong

Max Jones -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Max Comtois -- Isac Lundestrom -- Rickard Rakell

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Erik Gudbranson

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Chase De Leo

Injured: Jakob Silfverberg (upper body), Derek Grant (shoulder), Nick Ritchie (knee)


Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Oskar Sundqvist

Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak

Mackenzie MacEachern -- Jacob de la Rose -- Ivan Barbashev

Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk

Niko Mikkola -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Jordan Kyrou

Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Carl Gunnarsson (arm), Sammy Blais (wrist), Colton Parayko (upper body)


Status report

Silfverberg, a forward, is not on the trip. ... Gunnarsson, a defenseman, is ready to play but will miss his 14th straight game. ... Allen starts for the first time since Jan. 4.


Stat pack

Henrique has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past nine games. ... O'Reilly has six assists in his past five. ... Schwartz has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his past 15.

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